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Health Care-associated Infections

Health Care-associated Infection

Health Care-associated infections (HAIs) are associated with high morbidity, mortality and health care costs. YSPH faculty are working to understand, prevent and control HAIs through a combination of clinical epidemiologic studies, surveillance activities and high-throughput sequencing projects. Melinda Pettigrew is working to understand how alterations in the gastrointestinal microbiota of hospitalized patients affect the risk of HAIs due to antibiotic-resistant organisms. The CDC categorizes carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) as an urgent threat to public health and the WHO ranked CRE as priority 1 critical in their 2017 global priorities list of antibiotic-resistant bacteria threats. Dr. Pettigrew is also working with the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program to describe transmission patterns of CRE strains causing HAIs in the state of Connecticut. Students, faculty and staff at the Connecticut Emerging Infections Program are conducting surveillance on Clostridium difficile to increase understanding of the epidemiology of health care-associated C. difficile infections. Dr. Louise-Marie Dembry’s research focuses on health care epidemiology, especially the prevention and control of HAIs, antimicrobial-resistant organisms and patient safety.

Faculty of Interest

  • Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Research Interests
    • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • Epidemiology
    • Foodborne Diseases
    • Hepatitis C
    • Injections
    • Public Health
    • Russia
    • Vietnam
    • Global Health
    • HIV Infections
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, HPV Working Group at Yale; Director, CT Emerging Infections Program at Yale, Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

    Research Interests
    • Epidemiologic Methods
    • Epidemiology
    • HIV
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    • Vaccines
    • Communicable Diseases, Emerging
    • Qualitative Research
    • Human papillomavirus 11
  • Professor Adjunct; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health

    Research Interests
    • Drug Resistance
    • Pneumonia
    • Respiratory Tract Infections
    • Infection Control
    • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
    • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Lead, Antimicrobial Resistance Faculty Network

    Research Interests
    • Carrier State
    • Disease Reservoirs
    • Gram-Negative Bacteria
    • Legionellosis
    • Sanitation
    • Typhoid Fever
    • Water Microbiology
    • Global Health
    • Community-Acquired Infections
    • Molecular Epidemiology
    • Biofilms
    • Disease Transmission, Infectious
    • Gene Transfer, Horizontal
    • Drug Resistance, Bacterial
    • Microbiota
    • One Health
    • Wastewater-Based Epidemiological Monitoring

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